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The world's #1 podcast about city council meetings. Entertaining interviews about city council meetings across the globe by Michael Karlik. City council meeting reviews and more at www.councilchronicles.com.

The world's #1 podcast about city council meetings. Entertaining interviews about city council meetings across the globe by Michael Karlik. City council meeting reviews and more at www.councilchronicles.com.
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The world's #1 podcast about city council meetings. Entertaining interviews about city council meetings across the globe by Michael Karlik. City council meeting reviews and more at www.councilchronicles.com.

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English


Episodes

Best of "Best Thing, Worst Thing"

11/21/2017
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We visited 12 cities and towns asking about the best and worst things. This episode contains excerpts from Colby, KS; Las Cruces, NM; Pittsburgh, PA; and Toronto, ON in a study of what makes cities liveable. Full series at www.councilchronicles.com/bestworst. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the world. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Twitter:...

Duration: 00:50:02


"A Higher Expectation": The Council Meeting and the Confession

11/18/2017
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Boise's city council meeting on November 13, 2012 was jam-packed with people to testify on a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance. But one citizen didn't just have a comment. She had a surprise. Tabitha Osteen shares her story of what that meeting meant for her life. Plus, an update on the Listener's List from Richmond, Virginia. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the world. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by...

Duration: 00:30:22


City Council Chronicles 59: Mike Clay -- Port Moody, BC Mayor

11/11/2017
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Mike Clay--Port Moody, BC mayor--once reenacted a 100-year-old council meeting. We listen to the entertaining characters who popped up, as well as some beautiful music at his council meetings. Plus, why is he called "your worship?" City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the world. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Twitter: @michaelkarlik. Facebook:...

Duration: 00:42:05


City Council Chronicles 58: Margaret Abe-Koga -- Mountain View, CA Councilmember

11/4/2017
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Margaret Abe-Koga--Mountain View, CA councilmember--shares a fascinating insight: citizens notice whether their representatives speak up during council meetings. She talks about how she went from being "too nice" to her confrontation with Google at 1:15 a.m. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the world. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Follow on Twitter:...

Duration: 00:40:12


City Council Chronicles 57: Pat Martel -- Daly City, CA City Manager

10/28/2017
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Patricia "Pat" Martel--Daly City, CA city manager--and I discuss the elaborate dance a city official must go through when they phone into a council meeting. Plus, we talk about the role of staff in combating "fake news" and whether she would take a bullet for her council. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the world. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Follow on...

Duration: 00:39:19


City Council Chronicles 56: Lauren McLean -- Boise, ID Council Member

10/21/2017
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Lauren McLean--Boise, ID council member--reveals the similarities between Scottish highland dancing and her city council meetings. Plus, we relive one lengthy council meeting from 2012 where a huge crowd of people showed up to testify on an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the world. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Follow on...

Duration: 00:39:38


City Council Chronicles 55: Noah Hobbs -- Duluth, MN Councilor

10/14/2017
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Noah Hobbs--Duluth, MN councilor--explains his desire for the city council to steer away from headline-grabbing symbolic gestures. We also simulate how to cut off a rambling public commenter and I give him my vocal submission for the Duluth "Distinguished Artist Award." City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the world. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Follow on Twitter:...

Duration: 00:38:49


City Council Chronicles Special Episode: Best Thing, Worst Thing -- Pittsburgh, PA

10/7/2017
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We visit Pittsburgh, the former steel-manufacturing hub in Western Pennsylvania. The home of three rivers, strong sports teams, and multiple universities, we see a high school girls' team construct robots for a competition. We also attend a picnic, visit the top of a mountain, and worship with a Baptist church. Episode sponsor: ELGL.org's Diversity Dashboard -- An effort to improve diversity in local government leadership. Check out the project and Kickstarter campaign here:...

Duration: 01:02:22


Listener's List: A Very Texas Proposal

10/3/2017
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Something amazing happened at the Flower Mound, TX town council meeting on September 18, 2017 and town manager Jimmy Stathatos joins us to give the play-by-play. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the world. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Follow on Twitter: @michaelkarlik. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citycouncilchronicles/. Graphic by Ben...

Duration: 00:14:06


City Council Chronicles 54: Michael Qaqish -- Ottawa, ON Councilor

9/30/2017
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Michael Qaqish--Ottawa, ON councilor--explains why some councilors switch to another language in the middle of council meetings. Plus, I ask him about his not-so-secret council romance and offer my services to sing the Canadian anthem at a meeting. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the world. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Follow on Twitter: @michaelkarlik. Like...

Duration: 00:34:39


City Council Chronicles 53: Jennette Arnold, OBE -- London, UK Assembly Chair

9/23/2017
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Jennette Arnold, OBE--London, England Assembly chair--moderates the Q&A sessions with the mayor, known as "scrutiny." She talks about what happens if a member gets too unruly and about the times she was cheered on by the crowd as she grilled the mayor. Also, we get an update from last week's episode about whether Levon Manzie played my new catchphrases in the Mobile, Alabama city council meeting. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the United...

Duration: 00:38:24


City Council Chronicles 52: Levon Manzie -- Mobile, AL Council Member

9/16/2017
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Levon Manzie--Mobile, AL council member--has a so-so catchphrase for District 2. But I give him a few more supercharged catchphrases to use at council meetings. He is a reverend, so naturally we discuss the role of prayer in meetings. Plus: whether it's okay to bend the rules and the reasons why council members make announcements. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the United States and Canada. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in...

Duration: 00:37:26


One-Year Anniversary Episode: City Council Highlights

9/12/2017
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The podcast is one year old! We relive some of the most entertaining interviews: Carrie Tergin (feat. International City Hall Selfie Day), Corey Branch, Michael Sun (feat. the "Shosholoza"), Alexander Gothard, and Rebecca Casper. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the United States and Canada. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Twitter: @michaelkarlik. Facebook:...

Duration: 00:40:36


City Council Chronicles 51: Benny Zhang -- Williamsburg, VA Council Member

9/9/2017
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Benny Zhang--Williamsburg, VA council member--takes my quiz about our rival Virginia colleges. He describes his unusual swearing-in ceremony and his pre-council meeting ritual. Plus, did you know he's in law school? We talk all about his busy first year on the job. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the United States and Canada. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 and 2017 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/...

Duration: 00:34:51


City Council Chronicles Special Episode: Best Thing, Worst Thing -- Toronto, ON

9/2/2017
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We visit Toronto, the largest city in Canada. We crash a butter tart bakeoff at a fancy hotel, watch senior citizens play lawn bowling, and listen to blues on the sidewalk. We also hear from an immigrant, a city councilor, and pastry chefs. This is a special episode in an occasional series about towns and cities. Different people answer the same two questions: what is the best thing about this place? And what is the worst thing about this place? Episode sponsor: Slippery Slope -- A...

Duration: 01:04:25


City Council Chronicles 50: Carrie Tergin -- Jefferson City, MO Mayor

8/26/2017
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Carrie Tergin--Jefferson City, MO mayor--is famous for her "selfies with the mayor," so naturally we judge the entries from this year's International City Hall Selfie Day. Plus, we talk about a couple of unusual meeting moments involving the old prison. Follow along with the selfie judging at https://councilchronicles.com/selfie/. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the United States and Canada. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016...

Duration: 00:44:18


City Council Chronicles 49: Amber Waldref -- Spokane, WA Council Member

8/19/2017
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Amber Waldref--Spokane, WA council member--is soft but firm in how she runs a council meeting. She believes in setting expectations and winning an audience over with humor. Plus, we wax philosophical about how council chamber design affects the mood. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the United States and Canada. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Twitter: @michaelkarlik....

Duration: 00:43:22


City Council Chronicles 48: Jeff Longwell -- Wichita, KS Mayor

8/12/2017
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Jeff Longwell--Wichita, KS mayor--admits that his dry sense of humor can sometimes leave the wrong impression. We talk about an intense joint meeting with the county commissioners and the time his kidney stones made the council meeting agenda. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from across the United States and Canada. Named a "Top 100 Local Government Influencer" in 2016 by ELGL.org. Link: https://councilchronicles.com/ Twitter: @michaelkarlik. Facebook:...

Duration: 00:37:44


City Council Chronicles 47: Randal Wallace -- Myrtle Beach, SC Councilman

8/8/2017
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Randal Wallace--Myrtle Beach, SC councilman--reveals the nice thing his mother does for him after a difficult council meeting. Plus, he talks about how the city council is sloooowwwlllyyy moving into the 21st century, but that he still would like to see video streaming of meetings. In our other segments, we hear about "International City Hall Selfie Day" coming up on August 15, 2017 and we check the Listeners' List. City Council Chronicles provides reviews of city council meetings from...

Duration: 00:41:32


City Council Chronicles Special Episode: Best Thing, Worst Thing -- Richmond, VA

8/5/2017
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We visit Richmond, the current capital of Virginia and the former capital of the Confederacy. I stand in the middle of the James River, witness a boisterous rally for trains, and conspire with an admiring citizen to take a picture with the mayor. This is a special episode in an occasional series about towns and cities. Different people answer the same two questions: what is the best thing about this place? And what is the worst thing about this place? City Council Chronicles provides...

Duration: 00:53:56

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